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Suspect shoots at Chesterfield officer after traffic stop

A homeowner says he heard shots & found this bullet hole (Source: NBC12) A homeowner says he heard shots & found this bullet hole (Source: NBC12)
K-9 unit spotted something, police converging in a yard (other side of car) (Source: NBC12) K-9 unit spotted something, police converging in a yard (other side of car) (Source: NBC12)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A suspect is on the run after he opened fire on a Chesterfield police officer.

This all started at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, near the intersection of Heatherhill Drive and Belmont Road, not far from Chippenham Parkway. Police say a white sedan sped off after an officer tried to make a routine traffic stop. The vehicle eventually stopped in the 4700 block of Sherman Road... and a passenger tried to make a run for it, firing at the officer.

Fortunately, the officer was not hit. Police say the officer did not return fire.

Investigators were back out on the scene before lunch with K-9 units and helicopters looking for the suspect and any clues that might lead them to him.

“This is where the bullet hit right in my house,” says resident Tracy Whitlock.

In the light of day, Whitlock is thanking his lucky stars after surveying the damage outside his North Chesterfield home.

“Scariest part about it is, this is the room where I sit, right there,” he says.

More than eight hours after the initial incident, crews were back on Sherman Road looking for anything they may have missed. NBC12 was there as the K9 unit discovered something in a yard not far from the crime scene.

This all started as routine traffic stop near the intersection of Heatherhill Drive and Belmont Road, but it became less routine when police say the driver of that car didn’t stop and instead wound up on Sherman Road.

But, that road is a dead end.

Investigators say a passenger in that car got out, started shooting at the officer, and then took off.  The Police department says the officer did not shoot back.

“This is normally a quiet neighborhood,” says Whitlock.

Meanwhile, neighbors are shaken. Whitlock says his community doesn’t represent some of the nation’s problems.

“It’s really sad that someone would take aim at a police officer. This is not Ferguson. This is not Baltimore. This is North Chesterfield, Virginia. If it happens here, it’s frightening,” he says.

Police searched the area, but did not find the suspect. The suspect is described as a "black male, about 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall with an average build," and he was wearing "a light colored shirt and pink colored shorts."

Police detained two other people who were in the white sedan. The case remains under investigation.

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